New Shieldbug Arrives at the Lagoons

On August 4th a new shieldbug was discovered on the reserve, near the river. “What’s this funny bug.”, resulted in great excitement when it was realised that a new and unexpected species had been found. It was the Brassica Shieldbug, Eurydema oleracea, a normally southern species that is slowly extending its range northwards. Not just one, but five individuals were found, two of them still in the final instar nymph form.

There have only been two other Nottinghamshire records, both since May 2019, one nearby at Nottingham Race Course and one at Toton, although there has also been a recent Yorkshire record.

This is a very attractive species, with a cream, yellow, orange or red pattern on a green/black background.

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